THE Ayrshire mining community of Cumnock is poised to get become Scotland’s fully ‘Green Town’. The plan is to make Cumnock carbon neutral town, creating a blueprint that can be rolled out across the rest of Scotland. The plans include proposals for the community to run its own hi-tech renewable energy system – based on sun, wind and water power – and make use of cutting edge digital and smart technologies. The regeneration proposals which have been put forward by the Scotland’s Towns Partnership, and received backing from the Scottish Government and the local council. Energy and communications suppliers including Scottish Power to BT are also supporting the plans. The town, which is the birthplace of Keir Hardie – the first Labour MP – and has a population of about 1300 is considered to be of perfect size to test cutting edge rene wable technologies on a mass scale, as well as smart metres and devices, high speed communications networks, ‘passive buildings’ – which are carbon neutral – and the widespread use of electric vehicles and cycle networks. Phil Prentice, head of Scotland’s Towns Partnership, said that Cumnock, which lies in a sleepy East Ayrshire backwater with poor transport links, could be transformed as the most technologically advanced town in the country, addressing issues such as fuel poverty and employment opportunities.
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